Everyone searching for European ancestors has encountered first names that are unique to a nation or region. Many of these are quite common and easily translated into English. Every country also has some names that do not translate easily or/and are so old fashioned that they’ve been out of use for many years. Here a are a couple that I’ve encountered researching my Polish ancestors.
John of Nepomuk (or John Nepomucene) (Czech: Jan Nepomucký) (c. 1345 –
March 20, 1393) is
a national saint of Bohemia,
who was drowned in the Vltava river at the
behest of Wenceslaus, King of the Romans and King of Bohemia.
Later accounts state that he was the confessor of the queen of Bohemia
and refused to divulge the secrets of the confessional. On the basis of this
account, John of Nepomuk is considered the first martyr of
the Seal of the Confessional, a patron againstcalumnies and, because
of the manner of his death, a protector from floods and drowning.
I have found only a few instances of this first name. Since this is the patron saint of
it leaves me curious to learn if there is a possible connection to Bohemia
in my ancient ancestry.
More information about these two saints is found at CatholicOnline Saints and Angels